Games Services Committee

Bringing the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games to life is the responsibility of a talented team of local leaders who have chosen to offer their skills, time and expertise to spearhead different areas of Games-time planning.  These dedicated people are Chairs for their respective areas and together make up the Games Services Committee, the coordinating body that manages and oversees the successful planning and operations of Games-time activities for Niagara 2021. The Games Services Committee meets monthly and these Chairs spend hours behind the scenes recruiting, preparing and coaching their own teams of Leads who represent their area on Venue Teams.

Supported by staff, the Games Services Committee is truly the engine behind a phenomenal Games.

Bill Fenwick

Bill Fenwick

Chair, Games Services Committee

The 71-year-old London native grew up playing hockey and tennis before he devoted himself to working in sport for over four decades, including 11 years as the Director of Recreation and Community Services in St. Catharines from 1991-2002.

Add in five more years as Director of Culture and Recreation for the City of Hamilton, six years in Welland as both the Director of Parks & Recreation and Director of Integrated Services. It’s easy to see why Fenwick was a natural choice to be the Chair of the Games Services Committee for the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games.

Carol Phillips

Carol Phillips

Chair, Volunteer Services

Phillips’ sports and recreation background is extensive. She currently works as both the coordinator and as a faculty member for Niagara College’s recreation therapy and leisure/recreation services programs. She also sits on the executive committee in Welland for Special Olympics Ontario, she’s coached basketball for many years, and she also played both basketball and softball in her teens. Additionally, she earned a recreation and leisure degree from Brock University, before obtaining a post-graduate diploma in therapeutic recreation from Georgian College.

Crystal Vella

Crystal Vella

Chair, Sustainability

The Holy Cross alumna’s resume is tailor-made for the position. The Niagara Falls resident has a degree from Brock University in tourism and environment, a Master’s degree from Western University in environment and sustainability, and a post-graduate certificate in environmental management and assessment from Niagara College. She is now a business performance analyst for Walker Industries’ Environmental division.

Vella also previously worked in a volunteer capacity at a couple of smaller events for an organization called Leading Change Canada, which is a forum for young Canadian professionals working in the environmental sector.

Gerry McIlhone

Gerry McIlhone

Chair, Transportation

McIlhone has plenty of previous experience helping out with sporting events in Niagara. He has volunteered at the Ontario Federation of Secondary Schools Association championships in Niagara and served as the transportation chair for the 2018 FIBA U18 men’s basketball Americas Championship in St. Catharines.

His transportation-heavy resume includes: supervisor station, train and engine employees with VIA Rail Canada in Toronto; operations controller with GO Transit; manager of transportation with St. Catharines Transit; manager of transportation for the Niagara Parks Commission; and, his present job as operations superintendent with City of Hamilton Transit.

He is also vice-chair of the Niagara Region’s active transportation sub-committee and the chairperson of the transportation advisory committee for Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Harvie Hagerty

Harvie Hagerty

Chair, Venues

Harvie brings many years of Niagara experience to his Canada Games role as Venue Chair. Today, he keeps busy as an athletic convenor for the Niagara Region High School Athletic Association . However, previous to that, he’s had many titles. In addition to being an experienced secondary school, college and university teacher, Harvie has also worked as a National Coaching Certification Program facilitator, a coach, and been a member of Niagara Trillium.

Harvie will tell you his involvement in these Games is all about leaving multiple legacies in Niagara. He wants to be a part of bringing lasting venues to the region, while also helping to provide all the Games’ athletes, spectators, coaches, and volunteers with a legacy of memories they won’t ever forget.

Iavor Perduhov

Iavor Perduhov

Chair, Fit-Out

Perduhov is one of the youngest chairs with the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games and also one of the most enthusiastic.

The 34-year-old Bulgarian native came to Canada 17 years ago and quickly fell in love with Niagara. He is a graduate of Brock University, where he obtained degrees in both philosophy and political sciences.

Perduhov, who is the retail manager for the Pen Centre, is responsible for all infrastructure and signage for the 2021 Games.

Jane Arkell

Jane Arkell

Accessibility Committee Chair

Jane Arkell has dedicated her career to the area of access and inclusion for individuals with a disability.

Jane has been the Executive Director of the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) since its inception in 1989. Prior to that, she was Executive Director for the Canadian Blind Sports Association, and she previously served as Project Director for the Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance with Spinal Cord Injury Canada to assist in the development of the Accessible Canada Act (2019).

As a volunteer, she has been asked to advise on many committees such as ParticipACTION, Accessibility Standards Council (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act - AODA), CNIB Lake Joseph Centre, and PHE Canada After School and Intramurals Committee. Jane is also Co-Chair for the Brock Niagara Penguins (ParaSport Club).

 

Lynn Hamilton

Lynn Hamilton

Chair, Sport

Lynn Hamilton grew up in St. Catharines and was a member of Canada's National Basketball team which placed fourth at the 1984 Olympics, and third at the 1986 World Championships. She is also a member of Bishop's University and St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame.

Lynn brings her passion for sport to Niagara 2021.

Both her sons, (Freddie and Dougie) played hockey for the Niagara IceDogs and for Canada's World Junior Hockey Team.  Freddie has since retired from the NHL and is a student at Brock University, while Dougie plays for the Carolina Hurricanes.

 

Rob Foster

Rob Foster

Chair, Technology

Foster was first elected to Lincoln town council in a by-election back in January 2001 and served continuously representing Ward 1 for the past 18 years.

At the Town of Lincoln, Foster has held many roles including deputy mayor (seven years) and chair of planning and development (nine years). He also chaired the Corporate Priorities/Business Planning Committee for a total of eight years, a position which included chairing the budget process for Lincoln.

Sue Morin

Sue Morin

Chair, Official Languages

As a member of the Bid Committee for the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games, organizers have become familiar with Morin's catchphrase: ‘How are you going to French it up?’

The native of Montreal was an obvious choice to be the Chair of the Official Languages Committee for the 2021 Games.

As a business development manager with Venture Niagara and designated bilingual by the federal government, Morin has worked with the Niagara French interagency network called La Table InterAgence to create the awareness campaign Bonjour Niagara.

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